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Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Romania labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures payroll is processed weekly or fortnightly (the standard periods in Romania ), and that taxes are withheld as required.

As the Romania Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Romania Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Romania PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Romania market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Romania, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Romanian PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Romania, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Romanian labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Romania. 185+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Romania — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Employment contracts in Romania

Employers in Romania are legally required to provide employees with a formal contract of employment, including all relevant details of employment such as salary and benefits. It should also be written in the Romanian language and use the Romanian leu currency. Employers should also register each employment contract with the General Register of Employees.

By partnering with our Romania PEO, Horizons’ team of local experts can provide assistance for drafting strong employment contracts that are compliant with local regulations.

Probationary period30 days: Disabled employees
60 days: Most regular employees
120 days: Top management
Termination notice period1 month
SeveranceNot required, unless stated in collective agreement or employment contract
Probationary period30 days: Disabled employees
60 days: Most regular employees
120 days: Top management
Termination notice period1 month
SeveranceNot required, unless stated in collective agreement or employment contract

Working hours in Romania

The normal working hours for most employees in Romania are 40 hours per week and eight hours per day. Legally, employers must pay overtime for hours worked beyond 48 hours per week. This can be given either as time off, or paid at a rate of at least 175% of normal pay.

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Public holidays in Romania

Employees in Romania are entitled to several national holidays annually, many of which they receive as leave from work:

Romania has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan SundayNew Year’s Day
2 Jan MondayDay after New Year’s Day
24 Jan TuesdayUnification Day
14 Apr FridayOrthodox Good Friday
16 Apr SundayOrthodox Easter Day
17 Apr Monday Orthodox Easter Monday
1 May MondayLabor Day / May Day
1 Jun Thursday Children’s Day
4 Jun SundayOrthodox Pentecost
5 Jun Monday Orthodox Pentecost Monday
15 Aug TuesdaySt Mary’s Day
30 Nov ThursdaySt Andrew’s Day
1 Dec FridayNational Day
25 Dec MondayChristmas Day
26 Dec Tuesday Second day of Christmas

Romania vacation leave

Employers in Romania are legally required to provide their workers with at least 20 days of vacation leave annually. They can also take special leave for certain events such as marriage.

Romania sick leave

Workers in Romania are legally entitled to take up to five days of paid sick leave (at 75% pay), which is covered by their employer. Workers can take a maximum of 18 months in some cases, but the government covers compensation beyond the initial five days.

Parental leave in Romania

Female employees can take a minimum of 126 days of paid parental leave (at 85% of average pay over the preceding six months), which is covered by the government.

Male employees are entitled to take five days of leave in the first eight weeks after their child’s birth. If they take certain childcare training courses, then this leave can rise to 15 days.

Employees must have contributed to Romania’s social insurance system for at least six of the previous 12 months in order to qualify for the compensation.

Taxation in Romania

Employees and employers in Romania must both contribute a percentage of salaries to different social funds:

  • Social security fund: Employers contribute 20.8%, employees contribute between 31.3% and 41.3%.
  • Health insurance: Employers contribute 5.2%, employees contribute 5.5%.
  • Medical leave/compensation fund: Employers contribute 0.85%, employees contribute between 0.15% and 0.85%.
  • Unemployment fund: Employers contribute 0.5%, employees contribute 0.5%

Health coverage in Romania

Romania does have universal healthcare, but the standards can be significantly lower than countries in neighboring Western Europe. For this reason, many employers choose to offer private medical insurance as part of their benefits packages.

Terminations and severance in Romania

When terminating employees in Romania, employers must give at least 20 working days of notice. This period does not apply to employees who are in a probation period, or who have been dismissed with proper cause.

Employers in Romania are not required to pay severance upon termination.

Navigating employee terminations and handling severance packages can be complicated for companies expanding overseas for the first time. Horizons’ Romania PEO can mitigate risk for foreign companies and provide guidance through this process.  

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Romania

As of Jan 2020, the minimum wage in Romania is 2,230 RON per month, which is based on a working month of 167.33 hours.

Minimum Wage Country Comparison Chart (Per month in USD)
Switzerland (Geneva) $4,000
Italy $2,255
Australia $1996
Algeria $156
Uzbekistan $22
Benefit management in Romania

Setting up a benefits system for your employees in Romania can be confusing if you are not familiar with the nation’s complex labor laws, language, and cultural differences, so it is common to experience delays.

Horizons can help you bypass this complicated part of your Romanian expansion by offering benefits outsourcing services. Our expert team will advise you on the best practices and handle all of your benefit setup and management, enabling you to focus on the rest of your expansion.

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A Romania PEO and a Romania EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Romania.

The main difference between a Romania PEO and a Romania EOR is in the scope of their services.

Romania PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging a Romania PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Romania.

Romania EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Romania EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Romania.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Romania. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Romania can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Romania.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Romania may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Romania PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in Romania.

It is possible to get a work visa in Romania. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in Romania are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.